Carolyn Southworth | By the Sea

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By the Sea

by Carolyn Southworth

Imagine you are at the beach, with the soothing rhythm of the waves wash up on the shore. Calm and uplifting, this music will sooth away the stresses of the day. The gentle rhythmic rise and fall of the crashing waves is like the call of the ancient siren of the sea; inviting us to be embraced by the warmth of the sun and cool ocean breeze. Cares will soon be the sea.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. By the Sea
3:23 $0.99
2. Sands of Time
3:46 $0.99
3. Reflections
3:04 $0.99
4. Boardwalk
3:41 $0.99
5. Crest of the Wave
3:08 $0.99
6. Safe Harbor
3:22 $0.99
7. Sand Castles
3:18 $0.99
8. Trade Winds
4:02 $0.99
9. Tides of Change
4:07 $0.99
10. Smooth Sailing
3:41 $0.99
11. Azure Blue
3:02 $0.99
12. Deep Water
3:47 $0.99
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"By the Sea" is the fourth release from Carolyn Southworth, including the 2009 collaborative "Lullaby Album" she composed and recorded with her daughter, Jennifer Thomas. By the Sea is a collection of twelve original piano solos intended to create an atmosphere for unwinding and relaxation. Southworth is a life-long musician and teacher who lives on an island near Puget Sound, WA, so she spends lots of time near the Pacific and is very familiar with how soothing and nurturing the rhythms and the majesty of the ocean can be. Also a very accomplished violinist and photographer, Southworth is an exceptional artist and I think that is very apparent in the music as well as the album’s artwork. Keeping the music direct and uncomplicated, Southworth relies on her gentle melodies and flowing rhythms to express the beauty that she sees around her in such a way that the listener can see it, too. "By the Sea" is an album that can easily serve as background music, but be sure to enjoy the pleasure of really listening to it all the way through. You’ll be glad you did!

"By the Sea" begins with the title track, a lovely piece with a simple melody and a left hand pattern that ebbs and flows like a very peaceful ocean tide - a wonderful opening! “Sands of Time” has a rolling left hand pattern that I love to play as much as I love to listen to. Poignant and gently bittersweet, it’s a favorite. “Reflections” makes me think of the sparkle of late afternoon sunlight dancing on the quiet ocean waves just before the sun starts to set. I can’t think of many scenes that are more peaceful than that. “Boardwalk” is a bit more upbeat, thinking back to carefree times at the beach and the lazy movement of beach grass swaying in a breeze. “Safe Harbor” has a lightness of spirit that comes when you know you are in a safe place and out of danger - very comforting. “Tides of Change” is another favorite. A little bit livelier than most of the pieces, it has an air of mystery that I love. The melody is strong enough to support lyrics, but the piece is a lot more interesting without them and allows the story to change with the “tide.” As its title suggests, “Smooth Sailing” is graceful and effortless while “Azure Blue” is both peaceful and haunting. “Deep Water” drifts serenely on a shimmering sea without a care in the world, bringing the album to a very pleasant close.

I’d say that just about everyone needs a calming place to escape to from time to time, and "By the Sea" is perfect for that. If you can’t take a long walk by the ocean, this music is a very suitable substitute! Recommended!

Sean Daley

By The Sea soothes and relaxes
Carolyn's music elicits emotions of well being, satisfaction, gratitude, comfort, and affection.. her latest album "By The Sea" continues to add to her legacy.. the album is perfect for quiet moments (by a fire, leisurely drive) of reflection on a great day, week, event, holiday, life... as with all great music, it can go many ways with the listener - and so, a word of caution is in order - listen with care, if feeling at all melancholy.. my fave and most meaningful track is currently the title song, but such is the artistry of the whole album, I expect each piece will eventually take it's turn at the top of my fave list..

Trudy McFarland

By the Sea
Carolyn's music in By the Sea is purely inspiration and it honestly speaks to me. I feel like I am at the ocean, I can see and hear the waves gently splashing on the shore. Her music calms me and takes me back to every time I have been near the water. I love every one of the tracks on this album but the title track is my favorite! This album is amazing and so beautiful. It is calming and brings peace to any kind of day.